Philip B. Anderson

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Philip B. Anderson for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a plane in Marine Attack Squadron One Hundred Twenty-one during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 2 June 1953. Participating in a high priority close air support mission against heavily defended and well-entrenched enemy personnel shelters and mortars that had been inflicting serious damage upon friendly front-line units, Major Anderson led a flight of attack planes to the target area and, discovering that forward visibility had been greatly reduced because of a low cloud ceiling, instructed the group to orbit out of range of hostile anti-aircraft fire while he definitely located the obscure objective. Diving to minimum altitude through an intense barrage of enemy defensive fire, he skillfully maneuvered his aircraft through the precipitous terrain and initiated a daring low-level assault. After scoring direct bomb hits that clearly marked the carefully camouflaged target for the remainder of the flight, he remained at low level and directed repeated attacks that destroyed fifteen enemy personnel shelters and five mortar positions and damaged another fifteen hostile personnel bunkers. By his skilled airmanship, courage and unswerving devotion to duty, Major Anderson was greatly responsible for the success of a mission that inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy and of friendly ground forces, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.